The Remnants Of This Former Idaho Mining Town Are Hauntingly Beautiful
There is something eerie and humbling to be said about walking down the uneven dirt roads and empty landmarks of Idaho’s numerous ghost towns. A mere century ago, the lure of gold, precious ore, and the hope of a new life brought thousands of people to the Gem State, but after the dust had settled, Idaho’s mining towns went from thriving communities to hollow remnants. Yet, even today, their history is still as present as ever.
Silver City is one such case. This often overlooked but treasured part of Idaho’s “Wild West” lies in beautiful, aging disrepair in Southwest Idaho, somewhat between Jordan Valley, Oregon and Bruneau. Formerly a busy mining hub, the silver crash at the turn of the 20th century sent this bustling city into a rapid downward spiral, although it has recently begun to regain its popularity for good reason. Check out some of the history behind this former “boom town” and see why it’s such a must-visit.
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But Silver City as seen from above will take your breath away:
A special thanks to AeroVideo for the stunning drone footage!
Have you ever visited Silver City or any of Idaho’s other ghost towns? What did you think? If you haven’t, be sure to add it to your summer bucket list!